Feds launch civil rights investigation into I-70 expansion project through Denver – The Denver Post


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A rendering released in August 2016 shows the section of an expanded Interstate 70 that would have a 4-acre cover on top.

Federal transportation officials have signaled that they will initiate an investigation in response to a civil rights complaint filed by Denver community groups that oppose the state’s controversial $1.2 billion expansion of Interstate 70.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and an attorney for Earthjustice, an environmental law firm that filed the complaint, both confirmed Tuesday that they have been notified of the filing’s acceptance by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

The notification included plans to initiate an investigation. An investigator may visit Denver next week to begin interviews and site visits, said Heidi McIntosh, the Earthjustice…


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